Former Massey Energy CEO, convicted in deadly mine disaster, seeks party’s nod to fight for ‘West Virginia people’, not ‘China people’

After the Upper Big Branch mining disaster of April 2010, in which 29 people died, the former Massey Energy chief executive Don Blankenship was found guilty of wilfully violating mine safety and health standards. Sentenced to 12 months in prison, he was released in May last year.

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